I saw a performance of The Threepenny Opera by Brecht and Weill tonight.
In case you've never seen it, it's a musical from the 1920s with German cabaret-style songs and much discussion of poverty, crime and human nature. I was reminded of Les Mis every few minutes, not only because of the general motifs but similar character types such as an urchin running around with a group of guys, a tough police inspector, whores... and probably more but the play was so disappointing that I couldn't be bothered analysing it in depth.
Anyway, one of the main characters came into the whorehouse and warned the women that she'd set the police on one of their clients who was a bandit (after whom the song 'Mack the Knife' is named; this is the play it comes from) and then she said something like 'good night, lovely ladies!' I half expected them all to break into a familiar song
This would have been fun enough for any Mizzy, but then at intermission while reading the programme I made a discovery about one of the actresses playing a main character, Mrs Peachum (I'd really like to say it was the 'lovely ladies' woman herself but this production was so hard to follow that I can't remember and the internet synopses aren't much help). This actress was none other than Jackie Marks, who, I read, had been in the Les Mis OLC, TAC, 25AC and musical movie. I didn't recognise her picture initially and thought maybe she'd been in the ensemble, but after the last act I identified her voice as that of the Factory Girl, vaguely thinking she must have been on the OLC. Then I realised she looked rather like the Factory Girl in the TAC too. I checked and was correct on both counts! She also played Fantine and Mme T in London in 86 and 08/09 respectively.
A nice surprise! (and she was brilliant, in fact the whole cast were very talented indeed, but something was off for much of the first act unfortunately in terms of direction and energy not to mention audibility and the choreography was non-existent)